Modern audiences will likely find this take on Sweeney Todd strange, seeing as the 1979 musical and the later Tim Burton adaptation cast Todd as an anti-hero and turn the ST tale into a revenge tragedy. Here, Todd is an all-out bad guy: greedy, sleazy, and blood-thirsty. The plot is rather uneven and sometimes poorly paced, but overall, Tod Slaughter's antics as Sweeney steal the show. His performance is campy and fun; the supporting actors are all game too, especially the woman playing Mrs. Lovett.
The audio is, as other reviewers have noted, wobbly. However, it is comprehensible 99% of the time. I got used to it after ten minutes.
July 28, 2013 Subject:
Excellent movie! Pretty Creepy without being overly gorey. Very entertaining. Check it out!
February 20, 2011 Subject:
Not a bad flick
I still prefer the remake but this one is not bad at all, especially considering it's age.
In regards to the sound issues mentioned earlier, yes there is some sound "wobbling" in parts, but it's not bad enough to ruin the enjoyment in my opinion. I also agree a noise removal filter was applied to lessen the static scratchiness of the sound, but the soft background noises and music do still come through just fine.
In regards to where the bodies went, they went to the same place they do in the remake, into the meat pies, not burned in the oven. From a story telling perspective the only reason the characters would question the whereabouts of the bodies while eating the meat pies is to let the 1930's audience come to that conclusion on their own or go blissfully unaware if they were of an innocent mind.
November 9, 2010 Subject:
Was looking forward to a non-musical version of Sweeny Todd, but the sound on this copy makes it impossible to enjoy. Not only is it severely distorted, but it sounds like a noise-gate has been used. Crap copy.
June 21, 2010 Subject:
The Evil One
Realism horror, that is it something the could and probably realy did happen. And to answer one reviewer's question of where he stashed the bodyies, the pie lady burned them in the fire below her ovens
October 7, 2009 Subject:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tod Slaughter had the best evil laugh in movies.
He's especially jolly here, a lot more fun than that old sourpuss Johnny Depp in the recent musical version of the famous story. It's pretty discreet about the business with the meat pies, but with Slaughter giving one of his best performances, who needs gore? It's also pretty funny, which was typical of Slaughter's films. Also recommended: THE FACE AT THE WINDOW.
August 17, 2009 Subject:
This is one of the most terrifying portrayals of this story I have ever seen. It makes much more sense than the latest version. Well acted, scarey stuff.
Reviewer:slugs and urchins
August 10, 2009 Subject:
Sweeney Todd is one of the most evil characters I've ever seen on film. I really enjoyed this Vegan-nine course meal!
"I wonder where he stashed his victims, not enough room to bury them", one of the characters states whiles he's munching a pie.